Community Guides


Ankeny Real Estate


About Ankeny, Iowa


Conveniently located just off I-35 and minutes north of I-80, Ankeny is positioned for a simple commute to Downtown Des Moines attractions or a quick trip to Ames – but that’s only if you want to leave. Ankeny provides a variety of offerings when it comes to employers, attractions and education. This is exactly why the city reached its all-time best year for growth in 2014. If you’re looking for a change, Ankeny is the place to be.


Since 1980, Ankeny’s population has more than tripled – from 15,000 to over 51,000 in 2014. As an added bonus, the city’s total property valuation increased by 16 percent last year.


Ankeny Schools are known for excellence, including Advanced Placement coursework. The Ankeny Community School District consists of nine elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Ankeny Christian Academy, a non-denominational Christian school, is a private preschool through 12th grade school accredited by the State of Iowa. Ankeny is also home to Iowa’s largest community college, DMACC, a publicly supported two-year institution serving the Des Moines metropolitan area and surrounding counties.


In addition to prime location and an outstanding school system, Ankeny hosts some of the state’s largest employers, including Casey’s General Stores headquarters, John Deere, Mrs. Clark’s Foods, Perishable Distributors of Iowa, SYSCO Foods and Tone’s Spices.


Retail and entertainment options keep families on-the-go satisfied with grocery and home improvement stores such as Hy-Vee, Target and Menards, while shopping malls and unique boutiques offer the latest trends. Ankeny hosts two, 18-hole public golf courses, 18 parks, bike trails, a multi-sport complex, over 23 churches and much more.


Ankeny’s location, amenities and family-friendly atmosphere make it the perfect community to put down your roots. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Ankeny.


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West Des Moines Real Estate


About West Des Moines, Iowa


The second-largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area and the tenth-largest city in Iowa, West Des Moines’ population exceeds 61,000. The family-friendly city hosts a variety of entertainment options and attractions for people of all ages – from individuals just getting started in their careers to retirees. It’s no wonder West Des Moines was ranked in Money Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Places to Live” in 2015.


West Des Moines provides residents with an array of amenities that range from top-ranked golf courses in the nation and nature parks to an expansive mall, fine dining and top-rated schools. Golf fanatics can indulge in a membership at Glen Oaks Country Club or Des Moines Golf & Country Club, while the avid shopper has access to more than 150 shops in the largest shopping complex in the state — Jordan Creek Mall. Fine dining and attractions make West Des Moines a destination in the metropolitan area.


The West Des Moines School District has nine elementary schools, two junior high schools and one high school (Valley), with a second high school for freshmen only (Valley Southwoods) and an alternative high school (Walnut Creek Campus). Valley High School is ranked 7th in the state of Iowa and 1,219 nationally. Private schools in West Des Moines include Dowling Catholic High School and Iowa Christian Academy.


West Des Moines is home to some of Iowa’s largest employers, including Hy-Vee, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Athene.


West Des Moines’ attractions, available education and family-friendly atmosphere make it the perfect community for residents of all ages. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in West Des Moines



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Urbandale Real Estate


About Urbandale, Iowa


Centrally located, Urbandale is one of the most popular communities in the Des Moines metropolitan area. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, amenities and attractions, Urbandale has something fun for people of all ages. In high demand, the community’s population has grown nearly 35 percent since 2000 to its current population of more than 41,000.


Family-fun can be found throughout the city, which features 850 acres of parks, 33 miles of recreational trails that connect throughout the Des Moines metro, Living History Farms, Urbandale Golf and Country Club, the Buccaneer Arena, restaurants and much more.


The Urbandale Community School District consists of six elementary schools, one middle school and one high school — Urbandale High School. Portions of Urbandale are also in the Dallas Center-Grimes, Des Moines, Johnston, Waukee and West Des Moines school districts.


Urbandale’s top employers include Marsh & McLennan Insurance, CitiGroup Finance, Wells Fargo Finance, Iowa Health Home Care and MidAmerican Energy.


Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Urbandale.



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Johnston Real Estate


About Johnston, Iowa


Located just off I-80, Johnston is conveniently located for quick maneuverability around the Des Moines metropolitan area. This family-friendly and desirable city has a population of just under 20,000, amenities to keep your family entertained and one of the top schools in the state of Iowa.


For those looking to plant their roots, Johnston is the perfect place to start a family. The Johnston Community School District has five elementary schools, two middle schools (grades 6-7 and grades 8-9) and one high school (grades 10-12). Johnston Community Schools are ranked 8th in the state of Iowa and 1,226 nationally.


The city hosts a variety of family fun, including a movie theater, Hyperion Golf Club and proximity to Saylorville Lake.


Johnston is the location of the headquarters of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds, John Deere Financial, Iowa Public Television and The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America. The city is also home to Camp Dodge Military Reservation, the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard.


A popular Des Moines suburb, Johnston is one of the most sought-after locations to raise a family in the metropolitan area. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Johnston.


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Bondurant Real Estate


About Bondurant, Iowa


Experience the best of both worlds with Bondurant’s small-town feel and proximity to the Des Moines metropolitan area. With a population just over 4,600, Bondurant residents maintain a quiet lifestyle, with many options when it comes to work and play. Conveniently located just off I-80 and Highway 65, locals are minutes away from Des Moines attractions and family fun.


For those looking to head to the city, Bondurant is close in relation to shopping and cultural events in the Des Moines metro; Adventureland Amusement Park, Prairie Meadows RaceTrack and Casino, and the Bass Pro Shop in Altoona; restaurants and more.


Bondurant is home to quality education, with Anderson Elementary School, one middle school and one high school —Bondurant-Farrar High School. Education is another area the town experiences the best of both worlds, as the schools are split between the Des Moines Independent, West Des Moines, Ankeny and Southeast Polk community school districts.


The economy in Bondurant thrives with employers in the direct life insurance carriers industry; corporate, subsidiary and regional managing offices; commercial banking; and direct property and casualty insurance carriers.


Bondurant’s small-town feel, coupled with its proximity to entertainment for people of all ages, makes it the perfect community for families to put down their roots. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Bondurant.



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Waukee Real Estate


About Waukee, Iowa


One of the fastest-growing communities in the state of Iowa, Waukee is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and continued attractions for families looking to head to the western edge of the Des Moines metropolitan area. Since 2000, Waukee’s population has grown over 150 percent to its current population of 17,000.


The Waukee Community School District is the fastest growing school district in Iowa, with more than 1,000 staff members serving more than 7,700 students in grades preschool through twelfth grade. Its schools serve students from Clive, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines, as well as open enrollment students from other communities outside the 55 square miles of its district boundaries. There are currently 12 school buildings operating in Waukee, including seven elementary schools, three middle schools, Waukee High School and Vincent Meyer Learning Center.


Waukee is home to a variety of family-oriented activities and recreation, including the Raccoon River Valley Trail, Centennial Park, Sugar Creek Golf Course, bowling alley, family festivals and more.


Conveniently located near shopping in West Des Moines, Living History Farms in Urbandale or a quick trip to Omaha, Waukee offers a variety of options for families of all ages. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Waukee.



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Polk City Real Estate


About Polk City, Iowa


Nestled in the heart of Iowa’s Lake Country, Polk City combines the best of small town living, outdoor activities and big city convenience. The community’s population of just under 4,000 generates a family-friendly atmosphere, while numerous parks and recreational locations are perfect for an active lifestyle.


Bordered by Saylorville Lake and Big Creek State Park, Polk City offers a diverse four-season playground sure to appeal to any outdoor enthusiast. Saylorville Lake is a 26,000-acre area that provides unlimited outdoor fun, with two swimming beaches, a full service marina, modern camping and picnic areas, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and more. On the western shore of Saylorville, Jester Park also offers camping, horseback riding and golfing in a quiet country setting, just across the mile-long bridge from Polk City.


Other outdoor activities in town include the Neal Smith Bike Trail and Tournament Club of Iowa (TCI). A premier 18-hole, public golf course and residential community, TCI is an Arnold Palmer Signature Course available for private and corporate outings, general dining and catered events.


In addition to outdoor fun, Polk City has access to convenient shopping and retail locations, an arts center, restaurants and more.


Polk City is served by two elementary schools, North Polk West and North Polk Central Elementary; one middle school, North Polk Middle School; and one high school, North Polk Community High School.


If you lead an active lifestyle or are in search of a quiet community to raise your family, Polk City may be the best fit for you. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Polk City.



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Beaverdale Real Estate


About Beaverdale, Iowa


If you’re looking for a quaint neighborhood that has plenty of urban appeal, Beaverdale may be a great option for you and your family. Located on the northwest side of Des Moines, Beaverdale has maintained its distinct identity with the neo-Tudor Beaverdale Bricks, tree-lined streets, parks and community spirit. Located just off I-235, this charming community is only a few minutes away from the downtown metro or shopping in West Des Moines.


This small pocket in Des Moines is known for having its own culture – great restaurants, independent shops and a tight-knit community. In the summer, locals can be seen strolling the streets in search of tasty cuisine, outings to the park or community festivals. Beaverdale is a trending area, with a great blend of young couples, old friends and long-time community supporters.


Beaverdale residents have many options when it comes to education for their children through the Des Moines Public School system. The community offers four elementary schools, Hillis, Perkins-King, Cowles (Montessori) (K-8) and Monroe Elementary Schools; two middle schools, Meredith and Merrill Middle Schools; two high schools, Hoover and Roosevelt High Schools; and Catholic education at Holy Trinity Catholic Schools (K-8) and Dowling Catholic High School.


Beaverdale’s handcrafted feel will make you and your family feel right at home. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Beaverdale.



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Grimes Real Estate


About Grimes, Iowa


Located to the northwest of Des Moines, Grimes is the perfect combination of urban and rural – and as an added bonus, is positioned for transportation ease along Highway 41 and 80/35. With a current population just over 9,000, Grimes has grown by more than 80 percent since 2000.


Grimes provides the small-town feel typical of the Midwest, without giving up amenities to entertain and provide for your family. The community has a variety of options for families who enjoy leading an active lifestyle, including a sports complex that features a skate park, soccer and baseball fields; two public, 18-hole golf courses within driving distance (Jester Park and Beaver Creek); Climb Iowa; Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park; MB2 Racing and more.


Grimes, along with neighboring community Dallas Center, forms the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District system which draws students from both Polk and Dallas counties. The high school (grades 10 through 12) and Meadows (grades 8 and 9) form a campus located outside of Grimes, one middle school (grades 6 and 7) in Dallas Center, Dallas Center Elementary (grades K through 5), South Prairie Elementary (grades K through 2) in Grimes and North Ridge Elementary (grades 3 through 4) in Grimes.


If you’re looking with a small-town vibe near all the conveniences of the Des Moines metro, Grimes might be perfect for you. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Grimes.



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Clive Real Estate


About Clive, Iowa


No matter your stage in life, Clive is a great option for those just getting started in their career to couples looking to retire. According to Forbes magazine, Clive is the best address in Des Moines for home costs. With a population increase of nearly 30 percent since 2000, Clive currently has more than 16,000 residents.


Clive serves as the axis of the western Des Moines suburbs, located between Urbandale and West Des Moines along the major transportation corridors of I-35, I-80 and I-235. The community offers the convenience and amenities of a big city, with the lifestyle of living in the country. Clive is a growing community, currently developing 1,200 acres for residential and commercial development and is in the process of annexing an additional area for such ventures.


Known for its Greenbelt Park and trail system, Clive is a family-friendly suburb sporting 297 acres of parks. In addition to its proximity to shopping, restaurants and entertainment, the town has an aquatic center, “Clive after Five” concerts in the summer and outstanding education.


The portion of Clive located in Polk County is served by the West Des Moines Community School District, while the portion located in Dallas County (west of NW 142nd Street) is served by the Waukee School District.


More than 600 businesses call Clive home, including the Brigg Corporation, Chicago Bridge and Iron, First American Bank, Mercy West Medical Clinic, NCMIC Group, Wells Fargo Bank and Home Mortgage, Willis Auto Campus and more.


Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Clive.



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Altoona Real Estate


About Altoona, Iowa


Conveniently located just off I-80 and Highway 65, Altoona is the perfect blend of urban and rural. With a population of just over 15,000, the community has a small-town feel in close proximity to convenient shopping, entertainment and metropolitan attractions. Paired with a strong, Iowa education, Altoona is a desirable location for many Central Iowans.


From Adventureland Amusement Park to Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Altoona has a host of activities for people of all ages. Residents have plenty of retail locations at their fingertips, including Bass Pro Shops, Target, Lowe’s, grocery stores, clothing and salon options, and more. As an added bonus, the town is only a few miles from Downtown Des Moines.


Altoona is a part of the Southeast Polk Community School District, one of the finest 4-A systems in the state of Iowa and one of the fastest growing. The town is home to four of the eight elementary schools in the district: Altoona, Centennial, Clay and Willowbrook.


Employment opportunities in the growing community are endless, including a new Facebook data center, Prairie Meadows, Kent Feeds, Iowa Cold Storage LLC, Ziegler Inc. and more.


Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Altoona.


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Ames Real Estate


About Ames, Iowa


Home of the Iowa State Cyclones, Ames is a popular community centrally-located just 30 miles north of Des Moines. Recently recognized by Expansion Management Magazine as a “Five-Star Quality of Life Metro”, Ames ranks top in the nation for a highly educated workforce, excellent public schools, and as one of the best places to live, work and play in the country.


Ames has much to offer its more than 60,000 residents — from museums and historic neighborhoods to recreational activities, shopping and dining. The community offers unlimited entertainment, with four golf courses (Veenker Memorial, Coldwater Golf Links, Ames Golf and Country Club, and Homewood Municipal), unique dining experiences at restaurants such as Hickory Park and Aunt Maudes, Iowa State University athletic events and more.


Get the big city feel in a safe, charming community. As an added bonus, residents can hop on I-35 for a quick commute to Des Moines or a weekend getaway to Minneapolis.


The community is also known for its top-notch education. Ames High School is ranked third in the state of Iowa and 751 nationally. Ames has five public elementary schools (David Edwards, Abbie Sawyer, Kate Mitchell, Warren H. Meeker and Gertrude Fellows Elementary Schools), one middle school (Ames Middle School) and one high school (Ames High School). Private education is also available at Saint Cecilia School (K-5) and Ames Christian School.


Ames is home to the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s National Animal Disease Center and the main offices of the Iowa Department of Transportation. Other area employers include Mary Greeley Medical Center, a 3M manufacturing plant, Sauer-Danfoss, Barilla, Ball, Renewable Energy Group and the National Farmers Organization.


Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Ames.


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Des Moines Real Estate


About Des Moines, Iowa


Located in the heart of Iowa, there is something for everyone in Des Moines. From arts and entertainment to dining and outdoor activities, the city of Des Moines is ever-increasing in popularity. It’s no wonder the Des Moines metropolitan area was ranked first on Forbes Magazine’s “Best Places For Business and Careers” based on factors such as the cost of doing business, cost of living, educational attainment and crime rate.


Des Moines has several venues for live theater, comedy and performing arts, including the Des Moines Performing Arts Center, the Des Moines Playhouse, Hoyt Sherman Place and more. Additional sites offer live music (the Simon Estes Amphitheater and Vaudeville Mews), a touch of history (Salisbury House and Gardens, Terrace Hill and the Historical Museum) and family-friendly activities (Blank Park Zoo, the Botanical Center and the Science Center of Iowa). Wells Fargo arena hosts concerts year round, in addition to being the home of the Iowa Energy, Iowa Wild and Iowa Barnstormers.


To add to Des Moines’ athletic events, the city is home to the Iowa Cubs, Drake University and the Principal Charity Golf Classic. The community is also known for its numerous festivals, downtown farmer’s market, state fair and a host of cultural events.


The Des Moines Public School District is the largest in Iowa, consisting of 38 elementary schools, eleven middle schools, five high schools (East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt) and ten special schools and programs. Small parts of the city are served by Carlisle Community Schools, Johnston Community School District, the Southeast Polk Community School District and the Saydel School District. Grand View Christian School is the only private school in the city, although Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale, Iowa Christian Academy and Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, and Ankeny Christian Academy on the north side of the metro area serve some city residents.


Des Moines is home to two, four-year private colleges: Drake University and Grand View University. Simpson College, Upper Iowa University and William Penn University have classroom facilities in the area. For-profit colleges with classrooms in the area include the University of Phoenix. Des Moines Area Community College and Des Moines University offer higher learning opportunities in the community, as well.


The city is known for its insurance and finance industries and as a great place to conduct business. Major employers in Des Moines include Principal Financial Group, Athene, Meredith Corporation, Ruan Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wells Fargo, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, UnityPoint Health, Mercy Medical Center, Anderson Erickson and many more.


Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Des Moines.



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Pleasant Hill Real Estate


About Pleasant Hill, Iowa


Located just on the eastern edge of Des Moines, Pleasant Hill has more than doubled its population since 2000 to its current number of just over 9,000. The town’s intersecting highways, 163 and 65, make for an easy commute to nearly any city in the metropolitan area.


A great location for those beginning a family or looking for a quiet neighborhood without giving up access to an urban lifestyle, Pleasant Hill is a community you don’t want to overlook. With two public, 18-hole golf courses (Copper Creek and Toad Valley Golf Courses), a movie theater, close proximity to the Iowa State Fairgrounds, restaurants and more, Pleasant Hill has a variety of entertainment options for everyone.


Most of Pleasant Hill is part of the Des Moines Public School District, while newer portions of the city fall in the Southeast Polk Community School District. The Des Moines District’s Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Southeast Polk’s Four Mile Elementary School, and Southeast Polk Junior and Senior High Schools are all located in Pleasant Hill.


Top employers in the community entail transportation, warehousing, banking, finance and health care. Companies who offer the largest majority of jobs include C.R. England, Platinum Supplemental Insurance, Catholic Health Initiatives, Hy-Vee and Wells Fargo.


If you’re looking for a community close to the metropolitan area, but with amenities and entertainment to keep you occupied, Pleasant Hill may be the location for you. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Pleasant Hill.



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Windsor Heights Real Estate


About Windsor Heights, Iowa


Located in the heart of the Des Moines metropolitan area, Windsor Heights is known for its quaint charm, well-built homes and proximity to entertainment, fine dining and outdoor activities. Whether you are a young professional looking to put down your roots in an established community or a couple looking to retire, this quiet, tight-knit community may be just what you had in mind.


A small population of just under 5,000 has allowed Windsor Heights to maintain its distinct identity and a comradery amongst neighbors. The community has all of the urban amenities you need and the independent shops unique to Des Moines. With entertainment including a short walk to the Buccaneers Arena, fine dining at Baru 66 or hopping on a number of Des Moines’ bike trails, Windsor Heights has nearly every interest covered. The town’s signature park, Colby Park, is home to the annual 4th of July Celebration, band concerts, gatherings and a community center.


For those with young families, Windsor Heights is served by two school districts. Residents east of 70th Street attend the Des Moines Independent School District, while residents west of 70th Street attend the West Des Moines Community School District.


Windsor Heights’ tree-lined streets, well-built homes and residents place the community in a unique, attractive position for future homeowners in the Des Moines metro. Contact the Panzi Real Estate Team to learn more about homes for sale in Windsor Heights.